Army Makes It Harder to Dismiss Transgender Soldiers

A change in policy issued by the Army Friday evening will make it harder to dismiss transgender soldiers, according to advocate groups.

Various media outlets reported on the new directive.

“The Army issued a directive Friday that protects transgender soldiers from being dismissed by mid-level officers by requiring the decision for discharge to be made by the service’s top civilian for personnel matters,” reported USA Today. “The Army’s new policy is the latest indication that the military’s ban on transgender troops may be eased or even lifted.”

USA Today was the first news outlet to report the possibility of a change in the way the Army handles the dismissal of transgender troops.

“In essence, the announcement [on Friday] places a moratorium on dismissals by requiring officers to explain their decision to discharge a transgender soldier to a high-ranking civilian leader, a move many would view as potentially damaging to their careers,” explained USA Today. “The Pentagon took the same tack when it backed away from its Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that banned gay and lesbian troops. It required a review of decisions to discharge gay troops by the department’s top lawyer and service secretaries, and no further dismissals occurred.”